California’s protection & advocacy system
For legal assistance call 800-776-5746. For all other purposes call 916-504-5800 in Northern CA
or 213-213-8000 in Southern CA. TTY 800-719-5798.
"We will never achieve justice in this country until we have the courage to look unblinkingly into the hidden corners of our system of mass incarceration, where men and women are locked away and forgotten." Van Jones, author of Rebuild the Dream.
DRC has begun an ambitious project to improve the conditions of prisoners with disabilities in California jails and juvenile detention facilities. Using our monitoring authority, DRC is continuing the important work it performed in Fresno and Los Angeles Counties, by inspecting the conditions in local facilities, meeting with prisoners, and reviewing medical records. DRC is particularly looking at three areas that are important for prisoners with disabilities: (1) isolation and solitary confinement; (2) adequacy of medical and mental health care; and (3) administration of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This page summarizes and highlights DRC’s current and past work in this area.
Sacramento County Jail
Report on Inspection of the Sacramento County Jail (Conducted April 13-14, 2015)
San Diego Juvenile Detention Facilities
Report on Inspection of the San Diego Juvenile Detention Facilities (Conducted on September 24, 2015)
Santa Barbara County Jail
Report on Inspection of the Santa Barbara County Jail (Conducted on April 2, 2015)
San Francisco Youth Guidance Center
Report on San Francisco Youth Guidance Center (Conducted on April 28 and July 9, 2015)
- How does AB 109 affect reduction of charges from felony misdemeanor and expungement? (pdf) (rtf) (Pub #CM44.01, May 2014) Also available in Spanish (pdf), Korean (pdf), Chinese (pdf), Vietnamese (pdf), Russian (pdf), Ukrainian (pdf), Arabic (pdf) and Japanese (pdf).
- Prison and Jail Realignment under California’s Assembly Bill (AB) 109 (pdf) (rtf) (Pub #CM42.01, April 2014)Also available in Spanish (pdf), Korean (pdf), Chinese (pdf), Vietnamese (pdf), Russian (pdf), Ukrainian (pdf), Arabic (pdf) and Japanese (pdf).
- Your Constitutional Right to Adequate Mental Health Care in Jails or Prisons (pdf) (rtf) (Pub #CM28.01, December 2013) Now also availabile in Spanish (pdf), Korean (pdf), Chinese (pdf), Vietnamese (pdf) and Russian (pdf)
Cops Are More Likely to Arrest People with Disabilities Vice, 12/5/2017
‘Inhumane’ Conditions at Santa Barbara County Jail?, Santa Barbara Independent, 12/14/17
Federal Class Action Lawsuit Seeks Santa Barbara County Jail Changes Noozhawk, 12/11/2017
Mental Health in question at the Sonoma County Jail, KSRO, 5/19/16
Sonoma County Jail officials acknowledge mental health shortcomings, defend care, Press Democrat, 5/18/16
Disability Rights advocates expose poor conditions, neglect at Sonoma County Jail, KQED Radio, 5/17/16
DRC finds Sonoma involuntarily medicates inmates, KQED News, 5/16/16
Report claims Santa Barbara County Jail 'actively neglects' prisoners with disabilities, Santa Maria Sun, 3/1/16
DRC report says jail inmates with mental health disabilities are often mistreated, Santa Barbara Independent, 2/25/16
Disability Rights California' report slams Santa Barbara County Jail, KEYT-TV, 2/23/16
DRC finds inmates with disabilities subjected to excessive solitary confinement in Sacramento County Jail, Sacramento News & Review, 12/17/15
Report uncovers abuse of inmates with disabilities in Sacramento Jail, Rooted in Rights, 10/31/15
DRC jail report mentioned in “The Intercept", The Intercept, 10/29/15
Court approves major class action settlement for inmates with disabilities in Los Angeles county jails, Disability Rights Legal Center, ACLU Foundation of Southern California (ACLU SoCal), Disability Rights California, & the law firm of Winston & Strawn, LLP, 3/23/15
L.A. County settles suit alleging horrific conditions for disabled inmates, Los Angeles Times, 11/21/14
The cost of madness, Fresno Bee, 8/1/13
Wheelchair hell in men's central jail . . ., LA Weekly, 12/8/12
Calif. suits on inmate health care likely to rise, SFGate.com, 4/9/12
Fresno Jail Prisoners Sue over Dangerous Conditions, Community Alliance, 1/12/12
The Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project (Justice Center) (http://consensusproject.org/)